A farm tenant and his wife have been arrested after two suspected burglars were shot at in a midnight raid at their remote farm cottage.

Andy Ferrie, 35, and his wife Tracey, 43, were arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm on Sunday (2 September).

Police said a man had fired a legally held shotgun at intruders who had broken into a farmyard home in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire. The raiders then fled the scene.

Maris Spilner, Mr Ferrie’s stepfather, said the couple’s farm cottage had been broken into “several times before”.

“We did speak to the police [on Sunday] and they told us they would let us know when Andy and Tracey will be released,” said Mr Spilner in an interview with Sky News.

“But we haven’t heard anything yet, and we’re hoping to hear from them today.”

Paramedics treated one suspected intruder for shotgun injuries at the scene, while a second man was treated at Leicester Royal Infirmary after presenting himself with minor injuries.

Four men, aged 27, 23, 31 and 33 have been arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary.

A spokesman for Leicestershire Police said: “Police were called at 12.26am today (Sunday) by a man reporting a group of men had broken into his home in Melton.

“The man stated that during the course of the incident he had fired a legally held shotgun and the intruders had left the scene.

“Around five minutes later the ambulance service called to tell us they had been called to a man with injuries consistent with shotgun injuries.”A second man presented at Leicester Royal Infirmary with similar injuries. Neither injuries are life-threatening.

“Investigations have begun into both reports and six people, five men and one woman have been arrested.

“A 35-year-old man and a 43-year-old woman were arrested in Melton on suspicion of GBH and four men aged 27, 23, 31 and 33 were arrested at Leicester Royal Infirmary on suspicion of aggravated burglary.”

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